Daniel Ricciardo joined the Sky Sports F1 vodcast during the week and discussed various topics. He was asked would he ever return to Red Bull racing at some point in the future. He spent five years with the team and scored 7 wins with a best result of 3rd in the standings in 2014.
‘’I actually haven’t really been asked that one.‘’
‘’Would I ever rule out going to Red Bull? No. I think something I've learned growing up in life is never say never.’’
Never completely disregard something - unless it's going to prison or something! So never say never.’’
Riccardo also discussed his future with current team Renault and how the coronavirus is affecting potential talks about a new deal with the Enstone-based team.
"It is hard having chats right now, because we are at a stalemate - nothing's really happened. Normally chats start to come off the back of races, results and momentum.
"There's honestly not a lot to talk about for now, it's more about the current situation and how we're going to deal with it. It's all pretty slow and steady to be honest at this stage."
The Australian also penned some thoughts on Twitter about his five most underrated opponents during his career to date: Marcus Ericsson, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Roberto Merhi and the late Jules Bianchi.
He believes the Frenchman would have been achieving the success that Charles Leclerc is currently having. Bianchi was Leclerc’s mentor and the pair were very close friends before Jules’ untimely passing in 2015. The Renault driver also wrote about how he met Bianchi in Italy.
‘’It wasn't like Jules was underrated, but we never got to see him in a top car, so maybe people didn't appreciate how good he was going to be.’’
‘’You think of his drive in that Marussia in Monaco in 2014, the team's first points. Monaco is like Macau in that there's no way to fluke a result there. It was absolutely on merit.’’
"It's another part of what makes his story so sad, because he would have been in a top team and a race winner by now for sure."
"In some ways, I feel Charles is doing now what Jules would have been doing. It's like Charles is the delayed version of what Jules would have done with the success he's having."
‘’As a junior through karting, Jules was the guy.’’
‘’We met training at Formula Medicine in Viareggio in Italy and everyone, even at that age when we were all 17, everyone treated him like he was an F1 driver already.’’
"I got to know him and we became friends, and I quickly got to know who he was and what he'd done before I arrived in Europe."
You can read the full diary below.
Howdy.— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) April 15, 2020
Hope you're all staying safe.
I'm gonna do something a little different for 2020 and share a diary. Some inner thoughts on racing, a few on life outside of F1, some lists, a bit of music & other sports.
Here is the first one, I'll aim to do one a month :)